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  • Summit School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students age 3 - Grade 9.
  • Location: Our stunning campus, with a physical plant valued at $44 million sits on 28 acres in the heart of Winston-Salem. Known as the Reynolda Corridor, the tree-lined Reynolda Road is home to Wake Forest University, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Reynolda Gardens, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Graylyn International Conference Center, and Summit School.
  • Founded: 1933. There are more than 5,000 alumni.
  • Student Demographics 2021
    Students: Approximately 560 boys and girls in Eaglets through Grade 9. Students come from 26 zip codes. Students of color comprise 19% of the school.
  • Families: Of the 440 families at Summit, 71% have dual incomes or are single heads of household.
  • Faculty holding advanced degrees: 58%
  • Faculty gender breakdown: 78% female, 22% male  
  • 13% of Summit teachers are faculty of color
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:5
  • Staff: 162
  • School Divisions:
    Early Childhood Division: Eaglets, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten
    Lower School Division: Grades 1-5
    Triad Division: Grades 1-8
    Upper School Division: Grades 6-9
  • School Hours:
    Eaglets, 8:10 am - 12:30 pm
    Junior Kindergarten (JrK) & Kindergarten, 8:10 am - 1:30 pm
    Grades 1-5, 8:10 am - 3:00 pm
    Grades 6-9, 8:10 am - 3:30 pm
    After school sports, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Campus: Eleven buildings, including 2 art studios, television/radio production studio, digital media/animation studio, design studio, robotics studio, digital music studio, 5 science labs, 2 libraries, 2 dining halls, wetlands instructional pond, 4 athletic fields, screening room, black box theatre, 350-seat theatre, ceramics studio, photography studio, and Athletic Center which includes 3 basketball courts, a fitness facility, a dance/aerobics studio, a gymnastics studio, and a track.
  • Library: 45,000 volumes
  • Academic Technology:
    1 to 1 Chromebook program, grades 6-9 (students take home daily)
    1 to 1 Classroom Sets of Chromebooks, grades 1-5 
    1 to 1 Chromebook tablets 
    Students have access to 4 technology driven studios: Lower School Design Studio, Digital Media Studio, Upper School Design Studio and TV, Radio and Podcast Studios.
  • World Languages: In Eaglets - Grade 5, all students take Spanish. In grades 6-9 students have the opportunity to take Spanish, Latin, or Mandarin Chinese.
  • Co-Curriculum: Lower School students participate in physical education, art, drama, music, design & technology, and tinkering. Upper School students rotate through art, ceramics, drama, photography, digital media, music (digital, choral or instrumental), design (STEAM and robotics) and television/radio production.
  • Wellness & Athletics: The wellness program includes daily physical education class for grades 1-5, a robust Health and Interscholastic Athletic program for grades 6-9, as well as 20 interscholastic team sports and 31 teams. Summit competes in the eight school Triad Carolina Conference and as an independent.
  • Financial Assistance: 20% of the student body receives need-based tuition grants. The school awarded over $1.4 million in financial aid for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Afterschool Program: Available daily until 5:45 pm.
  • Auxiliary Programs: Six weeks of summer programming for students from age 3 through 10th grade. Course topics include technology, sports, arts, and academics. Multiple after school classes in a wide variety of subjects for JrK-5th grade students. Individual music lessons in guitar, piano, and violin. All Auxiliary Programs are open to the public.
  • Endowment: Approximately $16 million (2022).
  • Governance: Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by a board of trustees, and they do not depend on church funds as parochial schools do or on tax dollars as public schools do. Tuition and fees cover 88% of the cost of educating a student at Summit. The remaining amount is provided through annual fundraising and income from the endowment.
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Independent Schools